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Mary Reibey

Mary Reibey, c. 1835
Artist unknown
Watercolour on ivory
Presented by Mrs AG Foster, 1925
MIN 76

Mary Reibey arrived in Sydney in 1792 on a seven-year sentence for horse stealing. On the death of her husband in 1811, she took control of his trading and property interests. She prospered in Macquarie’s new emancipist society and by 1816 was said to be worth £20,000.